Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement evokes mixed emotions
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he doesn't like letting people down. Even in announcing Tuesday that he will retire at the end of this season, Earnhardt hasn't, Ryan McGee writes.
Smith recalls Earnhardt's contribution to NASCAR.
Marty Smith sees some young drivers with potential, but would be surprised if anyone gets as popular as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is.
Dale Jr: 'I accomplished way more than I ever dreamed.'
Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on his racing life growing up in the shadow of his father and exceeding his wildest career expectations.
Dale Jr. taking last laps, retiring on 'own terms'
Two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, will retire after the 2017 season.
Joe Mattes, who handles licensing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., said no plans had been made for retirement merchandise and he hopes to have merchandise potentially available by July. He said Earnhardt's fans will want merchandise, and the tracks obviously would want to have the opportunity to sell it on race weeends. Mattes: "From a brand, yeah [we were prepared], but not from licensing because Dale's always like, ‘I don't want to talk about it, I want to keep it low, it's not about this right now.' It's about Jr. Nation, but it's not about Dale Jr. putting a t-shirt on."
Kelley Earnhardt Miller, sister and business manager for Dale Earnhardt Jr., didn't have any input on her brother's decision to return to racing this year after sitting out 18 races last season because of a concussion – and she didn't have any input in his decision to make 2017 his last season. Earnhardt Miller: "This sport is all I know. Being on the race track, no matter the dangers, is what I know. I want him to race for as long as he did. When he had his concussion, it was sort of an eye-opener for both of us. I wanted him to get back in the car. I just had it in my mind he could get healthy. I didn't know what he was feeling and going through. We sort of had this come to Jesus one night that was like, ‘Just be my sister.' From that point on, I just knew that this was his decision to make, it was time for me to sort of step back."
NASCAR Executive VP Steve O'Donnell says NASCAR is healthy and has programs in place to develop drivers when stars such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. retire:
Earnhardt Jr.: 'Don't see myself detaching from NASCAR.'
Dale Earnhardt Jr. publicly addresses his retirement and explains why he doesn't want to leave the sport he loves.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he is good with what he has been able to achieve on the race track. He explains why the decision of 2017 being his last season is bittersweet:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains why he chose to retire at the end of the season. He said he told Rick Hendrick his decision March 29:
Here is the backdrop for the 3 p.m. news conference today where Dale Earnhardt Jr. will talk about his decision to retire at the end of the season. It will be carried on SportsCenter on ESPN2.
Why the time is right for Dale Jr. to retire.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will walk away from NASCAR as one of the sport's most popular drivers, but as Marty Smith and Ricky Craven point out, the effects of multiple concussions became too much for the 2-time Daytona 500 winner.
A look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 1 of 11 drivers to win the Daytona 500 multiple times and was named NASCAR Cup Series' most popular driver 14 seasons in a row.
Dale Jr. has great solace with retiring at season's end.
Marty Smith shares his conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. about the decision to retire after the 2017 season.
Concussions play heavily in Dale Jr.'s decision.
Marty Smith explains that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has decided to retire after the 2017 season because he is worried about his long-term health.
Craven not surprised Dale Jr. will retire following 2017 season.
Ricky Craven says he thinks most drivers would have retired after the emotional challenges Dale Earnhardt Jr. experienced in 2016.
Dale Jr. will be missed as fan favorite.
Mike and Mike reflect on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career and the involvement he had with his fans.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been voted as the Cup Series' most popular driver each of the past 14 seasons -- only Bill Elliot (16 times) has won that award more since it began in 1956. Earnhardt Jr. has 26 career Cup Series wins -- only 5 drivers have more recorded wins without winning a Cup Series title.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire after this season.
Monster Energy motocross rider Alex Harvill suffered a foot injury while practicing and will not attempt a world-record 426-foot motorcycle jump in the middle of the Talladega Superspeedway infield prior to the NASCAR Cup race May 7.
Johnson records 82nd career victory with win in Bristol.
Jimmie Johnson takes the lead late and the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 82nd career NASCAR win. Ricky Craven joins Zubin Mehenti to discuss if Johnson can reach 100 wins in his career.
Jimmie Johnson, team, show complete package in Bristol win
Jimmie Johnson is -- well -- Jimmie Johnson, but even a seven-time champion needs help to win. Enter crew chief Chad Knaus at Bristol for career victory 82 in their storied partnership.
A court-mandated mediation session last Tuesday did not result in any settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Kevin Ward Jr. against Tony Stewart. Stewart's attorney filed a status report with the court Monday stating: "The parties did not reach an agreement to resolve the matter at that time." A hearing is scheduled for June 23 on summary judgment motions filed by both sides.
Kyle Busch blasts tires after flats, wreck
Kyle Busch expressed frustration Monday after he twice had flats at Bristol Motor Speedway, the second one ending his day with a crash on Lap 384 of the Food City 500.
Jimmie Johnson explains why the 82nd win of his NASCAR Cup career meant so much after the victory at Bristol:
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